Bath Voice News: success for the city’s half marathon as 10,000 runners take to the streets

By Harry Mottram: The 41st Bath Half Marathon took place in sunny if cool conditions on Sunday, October 15th, 2023, with some 10,000 runners taking part in the 13.1 mile course. They were cheered on by an estimated 20,000 spectators who turned out along the route to encourage the record number of finishers.

Andrew Taylor, the race director said: “It’s a been a fantastic day. Bath always looks stunning in the sunshine and the runners and spectators lit up the streets. Congratulations to all our participants taking part today, running a half marathon is a magnificent achievement. Thanks also to all our volunteers from local community groups who staffed our aid stations, and to our contractors and stakeholders for their support. Royal Victoria Park provides a spectacular and relaxed setting for our charity partners and the new start and finish location in front of the Royal Crescent could not have been better. We look forward to receiving the fundraising reports from our charity partners.”

In the men’s category, the top finishers were as follows: Jonathan Escalante-Phillips claimed first place with an impressive time of 1 hour, 4 minutes, and 25 seconds. Matt Sharp closely followed with a time of 1 hour, 4 minutes, and 28 seconds, securing the second spot. In the third position, Jonathan Cornish crossed the finish line with a time of 1 hour, 5 minutes, and 5 seconds.

In the women’s race, Phillipa Williams crossed the finish line in first place, recording a time of 1 hour, 13 minutes, and 5 seconds. Charlie Arnell claimed second place with a time of 1 hour, 16 minutes, and 13 seconds, while Anna Harrold secured the third position with a time of 1 hour, 16 minutes, and 37 seconds. 

In 2024, the Bath Half Marathon will be returning to its traditional date in March. 

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